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FIFA bans Lebanese ref for life in fixing case

January 28, 2014

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says it imposed a worldwide lifetime ban on Lebanese referee Ali Sabbagh, who agreed to fix an April 2013 match in Singapore in exchange for sexual favors.

The Asian Football Confederation had already banned Sabbagh from refereeing and attending stadiums this month.

FIFA also extended 10-year bans on Sabbagh’s assistants, Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb, to apply globally.

In other match-fixing cases already handled by national associations, FIFA applied a worldwide 14-year-ban on former Slovakia international Ivan Hodur for involvement in fixing top-tier league matches.

FIFA also confirmed a 25-year-ban for former DAC 1904 player Marian Dirnbach and an 18-year ban for current player Tomas Huber.

FIFA provisionally suspended English semi-professional players Hakeem Adelakun and Michael Boateng, who are facing criminal prosecution, and an unidentified El Salvador national team player.

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